UDRS a right way forward, says Cook

Alastair Cook said on Monday that the most important thing in cricket is getting more right decisions AFP

London: Jun 27, 2011

England one-day captain Alastair Cook said Monday he supported the mandatory use of the Umpire Decision Review System in all international matches.

Cook’s comments came on a day when India, previously adamantly opposed to DRS, softened its stance to allow the International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executives’ committee to recommend a modified form of the system be used in all Tests and One-Day Internationals.That means devices such as ‘Hot Spot’ and other infra-red technologies as well as audio tracking equipment such as Snicko, all used to detect thin edges, are set to become standard features worldwide.

However, Indian officials have been vocal critics of using predictive ball-tracking system for lbw decisions.These have been excluded from the proposed compulsory package but teams will, provided they both agree, be able to use devices such as Hawkeye with which to challenge the lbw verdicts of the on-field umpires.

Cook, speaking ahead of his debut as England’s permanent one-day captain, against Sri Lanka at The Oval on Tuesday, said: “I believe DRS helps get more right decisions, which is the most important thing.

“What we need is players getting the right decisions, whether they are in or out, and that is the end of the matter,” the opening batsman added.

“I think technology to get those decisions right is the best way forward and we need as much available as we can to get the right decisions.”

Sri Lanka’s Thilina Kandamby, who led his side to a nine-wicket Twenty20 win against England on Saturday and will captain at The Oval if Tillakaratne Dilshan is still unfit, backed-up Cook’s argument.”Personally I feel technology has to come in,” said Kandamby.

“I feel cricketers and umpires might make mistakes. We are all human, so it has to come in to a certain extent.”The ICC’s announcement means England’s forthcoming Test series at home to India, which starts next month, is set to include the revised version of DRS, something that was set to be absent entirely because of the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s previous hostility to the review system.

A statement issued by the ICC in Hong Kong, where it is holding its annual meeting, said: “The CEC today unanimously recommended universal standards for the usage of technology in decision-making (DRS) in all Test matches and one-day internationals subject to availability and commercial considerations.

“The agreed standards will include infra-red cameras (Hot Spot)and audio-tracking devices.”The CEC also agreed that further independent and expert research will be carried out into ball-tracking technology and its accuracy and reliability.

“The continued use of ball-tracking technology as a decision-making aid will depend on bilateral agreement between the participating members.”